Sunday, March 23, 2014

Exploring Pantographs

Recently I was asked to recommend a beginner (easy) pantograph. This brought to mind the process  I went through when I purchased my APQS Millennium five years ago. I would spend hours online looking for the perfect quilting design that  would allow a newbie like me to create a quilting design on a customer quilt that looked like I had been quilting for years.  I have built my business using pantographs and would love to share with you some of my favorites over the next several posts.

When you are building your inventory I would suggest starting out with a good feather, flower, leaf, geometric or "guy" design, and a design that would do well on a baby quilt.  Having spent $$$ on pantographs I  would recommend  trying to resist impulse buying to start with.  Look for patterns that have registration lines for the next row.  This will make advancing the quilt for row placement much easier.   Look for a design that "nests".   If a pattern nests well you should not be able to tell where one row ends and the next row begins.  

Plumage is my favorite easy feather.   Practice following with the laser for a couple of passes and you will be ready to quilt your first all over feather.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 21, 2014

APQS Used Machine Sale!

APQS has updated their list of Used Machines. These machines are being sold at incredible prices.
Call now to reserve your machine as they will not last long!
2013 - Was $15,900  - Now - $14,900 **8yr Warranty** 
2012 - Was $14,500  - Now - $13,500
2009 - Was $12,600  - Now - $11,600
2008 - Was $12,000  - Now - $11,000 
Freedom SR 
2013 - Was $15,300  - Now - $14,300 **8yr Warranty**  

2013  - Was $10,500 - Now - $9,700 **8yr Warranty** 
2013 Demo - Was $10,300  - Now $9,000 *Lifetime Warranty*  
2012 - Was $9,000  - Now $8,300 
2011 - Was $8,700  - Now $7,900 

2011 - Was $5,200  - Now $4,700
**Bliss can be added to any machine for $1,000**  

A $500 fully-refundable deposit is required to secure the machine. All customers must take possession of the machine within 30 days or order will be canceled and deposit refunded. Machines are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

** All 2013 used machines include a Eight-Year warranty and a new standard table. All 2012 and older machines include a One-Year warranty and new standard table. 

For more information on this offer contact Sheri Collette 336-971-2747

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

George Road Show at The Little General

If you have always wanted to try your hand at machine quilting on a sit down longarm, Saturday, July 27, 10:00-3:00 at the Little General will be the opportunity you've been waiting for.  The Road Show will be hosted by Southeast Longarm. Hope to see you there.

Meet George  

Saturday, July 27, 2013


                                       Reynolda Village ~ 114R Reynolda Village ~Winston-Salem, NC 27106
APQS George quilting machine:
George is our sit-down machine with a generous 20” throat and large, flat workspace to easily maneuver your quilt.
  • Lifetime warranty parts/labor
  • Single stitch button, two position -  Whether you like to tack your starting/ending stitches or knot & bury, you can control it all with the touch of a button. 
  • Auto needle positioner - When you come to a halt your APQS machine will not stop partially in the fabric - it will either stop in the full up or full down position, depending on your preference.
  • Single thread disk tensioner  - Having only one place to set tension means our machines can run a wide range of even the most finicky threads, opening up your creative options.
  • Interchangeable hopping foot - Change out the machine’s hopping foot to an open toe design! Your machine comes ready to accept different feet for the different kinds of quilting you do.
  • Throat size of 20" x 8" - Having a large space to quilt means you can select the large flowing designs we all love without having to stitch them in two passes.
  • Weight 37 pounds - Enjoy the lightest-weight machine to enhance maneuverability and control, without taking a toll on your body.
For more information visit:
Sheri Collette 336-971-2747 or Angela Clark 919-647-4812

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guess Who?

Look who came to play with Maxine today in our booth at Sewing Expo.  What a nice surprise to have Dusty stop by, talk shop, sit and share his talent .  What a creative gift!  Hope he stops by to play again tomorrow. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sewing Expo Here We Come!

Looking forward to tomorrow and setting up our booth at the Sewing Expo in Raleigh, NC.  The marketing material is prepared with our business cards in place, boxes packed and APQS shirt pressed.  Stop by the booth #326 and say "hi" Maxine will be there for anyone who would like to give her a test drive.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Exciting News

There are some exciting events happening for Maxine and me. The most important event was the birth of our first granddaughter, Taylor Makenzie. As a mother of 3 boys and the grandmother of 3 grandsons, you can imagine how excited I am to have a granddaughter. She is just beautiful and will no doubt add a new dynamic to the family gatherings.  The picture below was taken by a very gifted photographer, Amber Lewis, Cherished Memories Photography by Amber.  
As if Taylor's arrival wasn't enough, I became an APQS dealer. I have always been a cheerleader for APQS because I believe in the product, the reliability of the machine and customer service. I am now representing APQS and their wonderful machines as part of their sales team. Additionally, I am partnering with Angela Clark, Threadwaggle Quilting,, in a new venture, Southeast Longarm. Southeast Longarm will offer classes, longarm quilting supplies and APQS machine sales and support. Our first vending opportunity will be at NC Quilt Symposium, May 23 - 26, 2013, Methodist University, Fayetteville, NC. Stop by our booth and say hello.  Hope to see you soon.  
 Taylor Makenzie


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My Studio

Welcome, I thought I would give you a tour of my  "Happy Place"' my studio.  I have an APQS  Millennium that sits on a 14' frame.  When she first arrived we had to get creative when finding her a place and space that was functional.  In the absence of the ultimate room, my husband created a place in our basement for Maxine and me to spend time and energy.  Hint: When purchasing a longarm machine advance planning about the space needed would be helpful. 
Frame Room

Pantograph Storage
The frames on the back wall is where I store my pantographs.  My husband made these with  peg boards, which I painted,  and then framed them with molding to give them stability.  I laced elastic through the holes to hold the pantographs in place.  I love it!  No more scavenger hunts.

Thread Storage

Office Area 

Thanks for stopping by Maxine and Me Quilting Studio.


Thread Storage takes place in this old 40's Hooser Cabinet.  I love being able to use this piece form the past. I use old milk glass for tools, pins, and markers. I like having these things surround me when I am working.  It makes me smile.

Milk Glass
My office space is in a connecting room. I have an HP TouchSmart Computer that I use to create quilting design ideas. The touch screen allows me to download a picture from my camera or phone and draw directly on the screen to audition different ideas. Ironing board, book shelves, treadmill, television and FABRIC also fill this space.